Rugby World Cup in France: tourism boom and 4 unmissable tours

Rugby World Cup in France: tourism boom and 4 unmissable tours

Meanwhile, France, the tournament organizer is experiencing a tourism revolution. The French country expects the arrival of more than 600,000 fans from different corners of the world, with England, Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand in the Top 5 of the destinations with the greatest influx.

How much does it cost to see Los Pumas?

To see Argentina vs. England, that intersect in Marseilles One day after the start of the competition, tomorrow, Saturday at 4 p.m. in our country, you have to pay between 75, 135, 210 and 300 euros, depending on the range of the different sectors of the field. At that same price level the organization designated the following matches: England vs. Japan, South Africa vs. Ireland, Wales vs. Australia and France vs. Italy, the most anticipated of the first round.

From the debut against the English, 13 days will pass until the second presentation of the team led by Michel Cheika. On Friday the 22nd, in Saint Ettiene, Los Pumas will face Samoa with prices ranging from 28 to 116 euros. The South American duel against Chile will move to Nantes on Saturday, September 30, with the same values ​​as against the islanders. The closing of the group against Japan will be on October 8, with values ​​that are between 45 and 216 euros.


The tourism World Cup

But Rugby World Cup also drove the increase in tour bookings in France, both by Argentine travelers and from other parts of the globe.

This was revealed by a latest report from Civitatis.

“France is the number one country of the month in the number of reservations for activities on our platform by Argentine users, so we are convinced that the sporting event is one of the reasons that drove this trend”expressed Nicolas Posse, country manager Civitatis in Argentina.

“During the past month the searches for activities in France grew 100% in relation to the same period in 2022, while in Paris they increased 90%,” Posse revealed.

It should be remembered that the world cup will have 48 matches that will be played in nine venues: Nice, Bordeaux, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Saint Denis, Nantes, Marseille and Saint Êtienne.

Along these lines, the best-rated and most in-demand experiences to do in the main French cities are:


Cruise on the Seine (Paris)

The Rugby World Cup will pass through the outskirts of Paris, in Saint Denis, but that does not mean that the capital of light is the obligatory stop and main stopover for those traveling to the sporting event from this side of the ocean.

There, one of the unmissable excursions is the Seine Cruise that departs from the Port de la Bourdonnais, the pier located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and navigates the iconic river of the French capital while enjoying, on board, an exquisite three-course French food with the spectacular view offered by its large panoramic windows.

The navigation lasts two hours and allows you to appreciate the most emblematic monuments located on the banks of the river such as the Pont Alexandre III, the Orsay Museum, the Latin Quarter, the Pont Neuf and the Louvre Museum, among others.

The journey continues towards the Ile de la Cité from where the silhouette of the Notre Dame Cathedral can be seen and then begins the return.

Drinks are also included in the menu and consist of a glass of Kir Royale, wine, water, tea and/or coffee.

Sailboat at sunset (Marseille)

The Vélodrome stadium in Marseille is the first place where the Argentine team of Los Pumas will play and among the most recommended experiences to take advantage of in the destination is the Sailboat Ride at Sunset, ideal for appreciating the immensity and unmissable postcards that the Mediterranean offers.

Sailing begins at the Quai du Port and is dazzled by the purple, orange and scarlet tones of the sunset that embrace the Frioul archipelago, whose islands are even more beautiful under the lights of twilight.

The sailboat stops in a picturesque cove on the Marseille coast, so that passengers can bathe in the sea and snorkel, closing the experience with a snack-dinner on board.


Sailing along the Côte d’Azur (Nice)

Nice is one of the host cities of the sporting event and there is nothing better than visiting it at this time of year, when it is still hot to enjoy the sun and the sea.

In this framework, one of the most valued experiences is the boat trip along the Côte d’Azur, ideal for discovering its great monumental wealth and the beauty of the Mediterranean landscapes.

During the crossing, which takes place aboard a semi-rigid boat, you can see the coastline of three picturesque French towns: Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and then continue the boardwalk towards the cliffs and sea caves of Èze, until reaching the coast of the Principality of Monaco to observe from the boat the luxurious buildings of this country, one of the smallest in Europe.

From there the return is undertaken and during the journey there is a stop on the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat so that those who wish can snorkel for approximately thirty minutes.


Free tour of the historic center (Bordeaux)

Other must-sees are the free tours, which are guided walks whose price is at the discretion of those who experience them.

In this case, it is advisable to do this activity on the Rive Droite of Bordeaux, another of the host cities of the Rugby World Cup.

The circuit includes a visit to its historic center passing through the right bank of the Garonne River, where there are notable sites such as the bohemian neighborhood of La Bastide, the Basilica of Saint Michael, the Church of the Holy Cross, Place Stalingrad and Rue Honoré Picon.

The route also goes to the Gare d’Orléans, a former train station that currently houses a complex of cinemas and restaurants, and then continues to the Parc aux Angéliques, located on the banks of the Garonne.

Next to this park is the Botanical Garden and the bust of Toussaint Louverture, and after discovering who this historical figure was, the walk continues at the church of Sainte-Marie-de-la-Bastide.

Finally, after a two-hour tour, the free tour concludes in the Darwin neighborhood, one of the destination’s fashionable districts.

Source: Ambito

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